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Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are where you assess a task or process and think about what might cause harm to people in order to decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. In short, a risk assessment is something that identifies ways of enabling people to do things in a safe manner and you are required by law to carry out.
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The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 both state that the employer has a legal duty of care to their employees that requires them to avoid risks and evaluate all risks that cannot be avoided.

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Identify the hazards (a hazard is anything that may cause harm; these can be hazards to physical health such as chemicals, electricity, working from ladders, an open drawer or to mental health). Decide who might be harmed and how and then Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions to be taken or controls to be put in place.

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If you have fewer than five employees you don’t have to write anything down but it may prove difficult to evidence you have undertaken a risk assessment if you do not. If you have more than 5 employees you are required by law to record and keep your risk assessments.

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A risk assessment should be reviewed every 12 months OR if the procedure or tools for a task change OR after an incident or accident. The review will check the controls in place are still sufficient to minimise or eliminate the risk.

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Failure to carry out a risk assessment will leave an employer liable for any injury to their employees or others that could be injured as a result of their work. Employees can pursue injury claims for accidents that occur in the workplace or during the course of their employment if their employers have been negligent or breached their statutory duties.

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Yes! There is a template to help understand and write your risk assessments.

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